Monday 27 February 2017

Banking Inquiry demeaned by its 'quizzing' of former ECB boss

Our elected politicians seemed happy to be patronised, humiliated and swatted away, writes Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

Jean-Claude Trichet, former President of the European Central Bank
Jean-Claude Trichet, former President of the European Central Bank

'You have disgraced yourselves again," WB Yeats famously decried an audience of rioters in February 1926, at the inaugural performance of Sean O'Casey's Plough and the Stars at the Abbey.

With the words of Yeats ringing loudly in their ears, members of the Oireachtas disgraced themselves last week by subjecting themselves to an embarrassing episode of patronisation and humiliation at the hands of former European Central Bank boss, Jean Claude Trichet.

Members of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry had agreed to subject themselves to a cringe-inducing episode of subjugation while attempting to elicit some details of his role in Ireland's banking crash.

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